I didn't get to hear the whole speech yesterday because there were about 8 democrats breathlessly hovering around the TV in my office instead of working. When I went back and read the transcript, this line jumped out at me....
And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
The US already gives almost twice as much as the second highest giver. And that's just a comparison of dollars. It doesn't take into account, the blood and treasure we've spent over the years in various, third-world crap holes and Europe, liberating millions from oppression and terror. It doesn't take into account the millions of lives that have been saved through the generous donation of life-saving drugs by our pharmaceutical companies in Africa alone. It doesn't take into account the military presence we have around the world that keeps the peace. It doesn't take into account the billions in food that feeds the hungry. And it doesn't take into account the technology we share that improves the standard of living of millions.
All this giving and Obama says that we ignore the suffering outside our borders. Please! If it weren't for the US, most of the rest of the world would be in much worse shape than they are now.
As for our consumption of resources, that sounds like a carbon tax to me. If he thinks we're in an economic mess now, try taxing businesses and individuals on their resource consumption. How stupid!